The 'great man theory' or the Zarqawi myth

"Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (actually Ahmad al-Khalayleh of Zarqa) has been elevated by the Bush administration to an almost mythic position as the fomenter of much of the violence in Iraq. It isn't true. Most of the violence in Iraq is being undertaken by Baathists or Iraqi nationalists trying to drive the US out," writes Juan Cole of the breathless tracking of Zarqawi's whereabouts by the press. "I think someone is jerking the US press around, and it could be anybody, including USG [US government]. It doesn't matter, anyway. We historians don't believe in the great man theory, unlike the Bush administration. Zarqawi leads a social movement of several hundred persons, if he exists at all. If he is killed, the social movement will just go on." (Informed Comment via Booman Tribune)

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